It’s never late to align your teeth! An Orthodontist primarily deals with the diagnosis, prevention and correction of malpositioned teeth and jaws. Crooked teeth and teeth that do not fit together correctly are harder to keep clean, and are at risk of being lost early due to decay and periodontal diseases. Our orthodontists provide you various treatment options ranging from removable myofunctional appliances to fixed orthodontic treatments.
Braces use brackets connected by wires to encourage teeth to move. Aligners are a series of tight-fitting custom-made retainers that slip over the teeth. Invisalign is the largest producer of clear aligners.
Clear (or "invisible") aligners aren't for everyone. Your orthodontist will help you decide what’s best for you.
Can anyone get invisible teeth aligners?
Because the invisible aligners are custom-built for a tight fit, they are best for adults or teens. Straightening a child’s teeth is more complicated. Young people, and their mouths, are still growing and developing; the doctor must think about this when setting up treatment.
Clear orthodontic aligners are typically used for patients who have mild or moderately crowded teeth, or have minor spacing issues. Patients who have severe crowding or spacing problems - or severe underbites, overbites, or crossbites - may need more complex treatment.
How do they work?
Once an orthodontist decides how to correct your bite, they'll make a plan for moving your teeth. If you get the clear aligners, you’ll be fitted for several versions that make slight adjustments to move your teeth over the treatment time.
They’re made from a clear plastic or acrylic material and fit tightly over the teeth, but can be removed for eating, brushing, and flossing. You'll get a new aligner every few weeks to continue moving the teeth into the desired position.
How long does it take to straighten teeth using invisible aligners?
Treatment time with invisible teeth aligners is based on how much the teeth need to be moved or rotated. The more your bite is off or the more crooked your teeth, the longer it will take. Treatment usually takes between 10 and 24 months. But if you're an adult who had braces as a child, and your teeth shifted slightly over the years, you may need invisible teeth aligners for as little as 10 weeks.
Because invisible aligners are not as precise as traditional braces, some patients may require a “refinement” of their teeth using braces for a few months to make other, smaller adjustments at the end of the treatment.
Why use invisible aligners instead of braces?
Professionals who require guise as an inevitable factor of their career,like a television anchor or an air-hostess, are the common archetype of clear aligners. Avoiding “metal mouth” isn’t the only reason to opt for a clear aligner. Unlike braces, aligners can be removed, making it easier to brush and floss well; that helps maintain better overall oral health.
Is teeth straightening just about having a great smile?
Correcting crooked or misaligned teeth isn’t just about creating a picture-perfect smile. It can help protect the long-term health of your teeth.